Rare Exports from the Land of the Original Santa Claus

  • 15
  • Jalmari Helander (2010)
  • Fin / Nor / Fr / Swe (SUB)
  • 79 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

In a feature-length prequel to his two hit online shorts, Finnish film-maker Jalmari Helander constructs one of the oddest and quirkiest nightmares before Christmas. Lapland legend describes Santa Claus as a horned ancient demon who terrorises children with merciless spanking. So when an American drilling team unearths the mountain tomb of the "Yule Goat", a local boy (the engaging Onni Tommila) and a trio of reindeer herders must prevent the festive evil from escaping. Or could Santa's Little Helpers - creepily shown as naked, grey-bearded old men - actually save the deprived local area's economy? Filled with unnerving images (a giant iced Santa) and visually eerie delights (the child-catcher helicopter sequence), all set against stunning frozen Scandinavian vistas, the overall vibe here is playful fantasy in the Gremlins vein.

Plot Summary

Seasonal fantasy starring Jorma Tommila and Onni Tommila. Santa Claus's tomb is unearthed in Lapland, just before local children begin disappearing. It seems he isn't quite the jolly soul of Christmas legend.

Cast and crew

Cast

Pietari
Onni Tommila
Rauno, Pietari's father
Jorma Tommila
Aimo
Tommi Korpela
Piiparinen
Rauno Juvonen
Riley
Per Christian Ellefsen
Juuso
Ilmari Jarvenpaa
Pietari's elf
Peeter Jakobi
Greene
Jonathan Hutchings
Sheriff
Risto Salmi

Crew

Director
Jalmari Helander

Other Information

Language: 
Finnish, English +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Icon
Guidance: 
Some violence, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Dec 2010
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama